Quick News: Future Prairie and partners are providing a creative basic income to artists for 3 months via The Imagination Project. Gary Cole and CoHo Productions are producing a COVID-19 relief fundraiser performance based on his novel Black Box and offering a LITPDX discount on tickets, see the upcoming events from the calendar. Black Feast is offering free Love Letter Care Packages with vegan, gluten-free deserts for Black folks in Portland, which you can RSVP for here or support via steps on their website. A national coalition of arts grantmakers have put together the Artist Relief for artists across mediums facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Shade Literary Arts is organizing a fundraiser for a Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund. You can apply for the funding through this survey link.

We stand with Black Lives Matter and those protesting for equality and reform. We will continue to amplify marginalized voices, and welcome all, their ideas, their events, and their words. Our words here are not enough, but we wanted to say we support you and will continue to do so through our actions.

Prior relief and support funds for small businesses and artists: NACF’s Native Arts Emergency Support Project, Portland Small Business Relief Fund, Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, RACC’s  Emergency Artist Relief Fund, RACC’s page for relief resources (and updated here), RACC’s COVID-19 relief Support Beam, Literary Arts’ Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, and Oregon Humanities’ emergency funding for organizations.

Gov. Kate Brown’s “stay at home” order still largely remains in effect for Portland area businesses and gatherings (though other counties have some limitations lifted). See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is completely lifted for Multnomah county, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled.

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Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$11 – $28
The Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 + Google Map

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020
DOORS 7:00PM | SHOW 8:00PM |  18+
THE OLD CHURCH | 1422 SW 11th Ave

FEATURING:

CHRIS WILLIAMS December RUSSIAN ROULETTE Winner, Creator of Front Porch Sessions and The Turnout Storytelling Series at The Alberta Street Pub, Does a Spot-On Marlon Brando Impression (Heavier Marlon Brando), Has Never Drank Coffee Ever, Not Once, In His Life

SHANNON BALCOM GRAVES 4-Time RUSSIAN ROULETTE Winner, HR Manager, Won a Prettiest Baby Contest as a Baby

KIRSTEN KUPPENBENDER Past RUSSIAN ROULETTE Winner, Stand Up Comedian, Former Marathon Runner, Founder of Lez Stand Up, Extreme Jigsaw Puzzler

ALEX DANG Writer, Storyteller at Head Start, Knows too Much About the Show Friends, Former Speech/Debate Champion

SHAIN BRENDEN Named One of Portland Mercury‘s Undisputable Geniuses of Comedy, Hosts the Weekly Comedy show  DOUGH Wednesdays at Mississippi Pizza Pub, Named One of Willamette Week‘s Funniest Five Comedians

STEPHANIE STRANGE Winner of Raw Artist of the Year, Comic Book Writer, Band Leader of Strange & the Familiars, Watched the Original Charmed Series at Least Three Times All the Way Through

Hosted by B. FRAYN MASTERS & MINDY NETTIFEE
Music by DJ BOBBY D from XRAY.fm
ASL Interpretation by JIM CELESTINE

DOORS 7:00PM ⎮ SHOW 8:00PM
$16-28 ADVANCE ⎮ $20 DOOR — Note: We will have walk-up tickets set aside for sale at the door. Remember we’re 18+ now! VIP ticket holders will receive swag from our sponsors/partners: $10 to The Civic Taproom, a pair of tickets to Helium Comedy Club, a ticket to The Siren Theater, 2-4-1 passes to Portland Playhouse, a sweet treat from Unicorn Bake Shop, and more. As Portlanders vibrant arts surround us. Our VIP packages are curated to encourage our audiences to get out and see more of the amazing shows and theaters that surround us. Passes are not tied to your name, so if you want you can gift them on to a friend or non-profit that can benefit from more of the great art in our community! To reserve seats in the ASL Interpreted section, please purchase your tickets then email info@backfencepdx.com.

10% of Tickets Proceeds go to OREGON FOOD BANK. In 2019 our audiences provided 3,600 meals!!! 

More about Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE…
How it works: each show begins with a full wheel of juicy story prompts. One of the 6 storytellers will be randomly drawn. They spin the wheel to decide the prompt for their story. They can play or pass. If they pass another teller can steal their prompt. Then the risky part…each storyteller has only 5 minutes to come up with a true 5-minute story based on that prompt! It’s like we invented a new game called truth AND dare.

The audience votes for a winner at the end of the night who will receive swag and prizes from our sponsors and partners like $20 to Powell’s, a bottle of spirits from New Deal Distillery, a gift certificate to Finger Bang, and bragging rights for life!

The winner also draws an audience winner to receive $100 to Popina Swimwear, $20 to Powell’s, a gift certificate to Finger Bang, and two VIP tickets to a RUSSIAN ROULETTE show!

The storytelling winner will be invited to come back to the next show!

*Storytellers subject to change without notice. Stories may contain explicit language and/or subject matter.

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